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Suns President and CEO Rick Welts resigns

Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:40 pm
Posted by Royce Young

About four months ago, Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts shocked everyone by publicly announcing that he's gay. Now, he's pulling another stunner by resigning his position, via the Arizona Republic.

His reason: He wants to focus on his personal life more.

Welts told The Arizona Republic Friday morning that he is not leaving for another job but to be in another city. In the past year, Welts started a new relationship and his partner is in Sacramento. He plans to do speaking engagements and perhaps take an offer to write a book.

"The most important thing for me is to get my personal and professional lives better aligned," Welts said. "They've probably never been aligned. I'm 58 years old and it's time to do that.

"This isn't one of those departures to see greener pastures. It really is completely a personal situation. These guys have been tremendously accommodating and any other inference than that is absolutely crazy."

Suns' general counsel Jason Rowley will replace Welts on an interim basis and also will be a candidate in the team's national search for a replacement.

Other than the big news he made months ago, Welts is probably most famously known for being the mind behind the NBA's All-Star Weekend as well as a primary promoter of the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team." (Welts is credited with coming up with the name.) He is also credited with being a major part of the WNBA's creation in 1996.

Welts has been with the Suns since 2002 and was primarily in charge of boosting ticket sales and relieving then general manager Jerry Colangelo of some of his day-to-day business duties.
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:24 am

Suns President and CEO Rick Welts resigns

This is a very interesting move by Rick Welts and coming at what one might say the peak of his professional career. It does make me wonder what the actual chemistry or pressure is like being in the front office of the Phoenix Suns. Jerry Colangelo, David Griffin, Steve Kerr, and Rick Welts all leaving in a matter of about 5 years for non-greener pastures as each explained does seem somewhat rehearsed. Jerry to help advise Olympic team, Steve to take on a part time analyst position for a cable network, and now Rick just leaving for personal reasons.
I think the jury is still very much out on Lon Babby, but how he handles and replaces Steve Nash will ultimately prove his foresight to the game and to the future of the team. Even if Steve plays another year or two there should be a bonifide clear cut point guard ready to take over his reigns. Steve has given the team years and years to find a replacement without trading him, however, there is going to come a crossroad in the point guard situation as time and need begin to intersect. If Lon Babby fails at the PG replacement his exodus might also come as a non-greener pasture move himself.

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:14 pm

Suns President and CEO Rick Welts resigns


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 7:39 pm

Suns President and CEO Rick Welts resigns

Good point. Was certainly not my 1st thought, but reflecting upon the prevalence of already larger volumes of retards and bigots, that supporting this comment is higher ground.

Won't miss, did not know him. Wish him well, he has served the team and the game very well. 

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:50 pm

Suns President and CEO Rick Welts resigns

i want to believe this story...but my gut tells me he grew tired of hate mail after he came out

regardless i hope he finds what he's looking for in life, the NBA (assuming it will come back) will greatly miss Welts's presence in the leauge

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